Rukiah Kertapati, forgotten woman writer of the Indonesian revolution
Globe March 15, 2018
In 1953, a woman won the
literature award from Indonesia's Badan Musyawarah Kebudayaan Nasional,
one of the most prestigious awards in the country at that time. She became
the first woman to win the award that normally went to men like Pramoedya
Ananta Toer, Mochtar Lubis or Utuy Tatang Sontani.
activists protesting air pollution in Sukoharjo arrested
Post March 14, 2018
Four activists and residents,
in addition to the three previously, were arrested on Wednesday in Sukoharjo,
Central Java, following months of protests against smelly air in the regency
allegedly coming from a synthetic fiber factory.
political prisoner sentenced for treason
New Zealand International March 14, 2018
A member of the pro-independence
West Papua National Committee has been given a ten-month jail sentence
for treason by an Indonesian court.
in Aceh raid salon, turn man and transwoman over to religious police
Jakarta March 14, 2018
Vigilantism in the name
of ultra-conservative morality continues unabated in Aceh, the only province
of Indonesia given special autonomy to enact sharia-based laws. The latest
incident involves a man and a transwoman who were rounded up by self-appointed
moral police after being accused of prostitution.
of parliament potentially criminalized as MD3 law goes into effect today
Jakarta March 14, 2018
If you have something bad
to say about Indonesia's House of Representatives (DPR) or any of its members,
you'd best say it extremely carefully. A controversial law passed by the
DPR one month ago, referred to as UU MD3, goes into effect starting today.
Cyber Army: a 'fake news' operation designed to derail Indonesia's leader
Guardian March 13, 2018
Police in Indonesia believe
they have uncovered a clandestine fake news operation designed to corrupt
the political process and destabilise the government.
Papua's enduring struggle for independence
Times March 13, 2018
The next two years could
prove to be transformative for Melanesia, a region of Pacific islands spanning
from Papua in the west to Fiji in the east. Two votes on independence,
scheduled in 2018 and 2019, could bring two new nations into the fold and
shake up the politics of a region where decolonization is still a pressing
profits and China fears drive Australia-Timor boundary treaty
Socialist Website March 13, 2018
disputes are continuing between the governments of Australia and the tiny
neighouring state of East Timor despite last week's signing at the UN in
New York of what the media misleadingly called an "historic" maritime boundary
treaty covering the oil- and gas-rich Timor Sea.
gives Xanana Gusmao hero's welcome
News March 12, 2018
Timor-Leste's former president
and prime minister Xanana Gusmao returned home in triumph on March 11 with
a new maritime treaty with Australia, but warned the battle to win a favorable
oil and gas deal with the country's giant neighbor remained far from over.
raided home of 'lesbians' after neighbours said they 'don't fit norms of
News March 12, 2018
Police in Indonesia have
raided the home of two women accused of being a "lesbian couple". Neighbours
of the women accused them of being a couple and said that they were uncomfortable
about it, sparking a raid carried out by the Civil Service Police Unit.
is rounding up trans people and forcing them into 'rehabilitation'
Observer March 12, 2018
Indonesia's government is
reportedly rounding up trans people in Jakarta and forcing them into 'rehabilitation'
for the 'violation' of being transgender. The Jakarta Social Agency has
now said it considers trans people to be 'people with social dysfunctional
traits' in the latest instance of LGBTI people being persecuted in Indonesia.
university reverses niqab face veil ban after barrage of criticism
Jakarta March 12, 2018
Last week, Sunan Kalijaga
Islamic State University (UIN) in Yogyakarta made headlines in Indonesia
and around the world after the university's dean made the controversial
decision to ban women, including students and faculty, from wearing the
niqab (Islamic face veil).
up efforts to support Indonesian women's rights plea to Jakarta
Pacific Report March 12, 2018
The National Commission
on Violence Against Women, or Komnas Perempuan, has called on the government
to do more to protect women's rights, particularly by enacting a long-overdue
bill on the elimination of sexual violence.
celebrate 'Soeharto month' at TMII
Post March 12, 2018
Former president Soeharto's
daughters, Siti Hediati Hariyadi, or Titiek Soeharto, and Siti Hutami Endang
Adiningsih, or Mamiek Soeharto, attended the peak of an event called HM
Soeharto Month in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in East Jakarta on Sunday.
abortion law needs to be changed
Truth Thailand March 11, 2018
The participation of women
in Thai society is reasonably high compared to some other Asian countries.
Women have always been part of the workforce in rural and urban areas.
Many women can be found in leadership positions in trade unions, social
movements and NGOs.
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